The upcoming Nissan Micra is based on the CMF-B platform; looks sharper and aggressive in its new avatar aiming upmarket customers
The Japanese automaker, Nissan, officially debuted the new Nissan Micra that comes with a very aggressive design at last year’s Paris Motor Show before showcasing it at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. This car has been designed taking inspiration from the Sway concept displayed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and is radically different compared to its predecessor.
The new-gen Micra could enter the Indian market sometime in 2019 according to fresh reports emerged on the internet. While introducing the new Micra, Nissan used the catch-line; “A revolution is coming.” Truly, the car has adopted a revolutionary design language, which makes the otherwise small boring Micra premium, sporty and very appealing in its new avatar.
In India, the upmarket hatchbacks are becoming more and more popular as the customers seek cars with advanced features and premiumness rather than just using as a mode of transportation. This is the reason behind the popularity of cars like Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai Elite i20 in the premium hatchback segment. In that case, arrival of the fifth-generation Nissan Micra will simply intensify the competition in the space and also customers will get another attractive option to choose.
This car will be built at the Renault’s Flins plant in France. Since the new Micra is meant for global markets, it will be built on the CMF-B platform developed by Nissan and Renault alliance but in India we may see the existing car being underpinned by the same old V platform with minor changes as a facelift but let’s hope not! Before the Japanese automaker launches the brand new upmarket Micra in India, let us take a look into the details of the upcoming Nissan Micra hatchback:
2019 Nissan Micra India Launch
The new generation Nissan Micra is expected to launch in India sometime during 2019. On its initial phase, it is currently targeting customers in Europe and other markets.
2019 Nissan Micra India Price
Nissan will surely keep the pricing of upcoming Micra competitive against its rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz. It is likely to be priced between Rs. 6 lakh and Rs. 9.5 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
|Variant||Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi)|
|Base variant||Rs. 6 lakh|
|Top variant||Rs. 9.5 lakh|
2019 Nissan Micra India Engine, Transmission and Mileage
For the global market, the all-new Nissan Micra gets three different engine options including both petrol and diesel units. These are a 0.9-litre HR09DET turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, a 1.5-litre K9K four-cylinder diesel engine and a 1.0-litre BR10DE three-cylinder petrol engine. The turbocharged petrol unit and the diesel engine churn out 90 hp of peak power, while the 1.0-litre petrol unit kicks out 75 hp of peak power. These three engines produce maximum torque amount of 140 Nm, 220 Nm and 95 Nm respectively.
These engines are developed to produce improved fuel efficiency and lesser emission than outgoing model. In Indian market, currently the Micra is available with a 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine is paired with a CVT, while the diesel model is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The 1.2-litre petrol unit is capable to churn out 76 hp of peak power, while the diesel unit delivers 63 hp.
Now, Nissan is expected to introduce the 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines to the India-bound Micra. For transmission duty, the fifth-gen Micra in the domestic market is likely to get a 5-speed manual gearbox along with a CVT as well.
|Engine – 0.9-litre three-cylinder turbocharged||1.5-litre four-cylinder|
|Fuel type – Petrol||Diesel|
|Transmission – 5-speed MT / CVT||5-speed MT / CVT|
|Maximum Power – 90 hp||90 hp|
|Maximum Torque – 140 Nm||220 Nm|
2019 Nissan Micra India Exterior and Dimension
Compared to the current model, the 2019 Nissan Micra comes incorporating a revolutionary design. It looks very aggressive and sporty. The new Micra features sharp and sleek sweptback headlamps, integrated LED daytime running lights. The front grille comes completely different than current model. This large V-motion grille sports a thick chrome trim, which adds on zing to the front fascia. The front bumper looks bold and the horizontal fog lamps enhance its appeal further. Also, the car has been designed to offer more aerodynamic efficiency.
At side profile new-generation Nissan Micra looks muscular with the sharp character lines and sporty bold looking alloy wheels. The turn indicator integrated ORVMs, blackened glass area and rear passenger door handles positioned at C pillar give the car a stylish touch. The floating roof design along with roof spoiler at rear profile enhances Micra’s sportiness further. The revised taillights, muscular rear fascia gives the car’s styling a finishing touch to make it appealing.
New Micra meant for the global market, is based on the CMF-B platform developed by Nissan-Renault alliance. In India the car is likely to be underpinned by the V platform. Dimensionally, the new Nissan Micra comes 174 mm longer, 77 mm wider than current model and the wheelbase has been increased by 75 mm as well. The fifth-generation Micra measures 3,999 mm in length, 1,743 mm in width, 1,455 mm in height and 2,525 mm of wheelbase. The height of this car has been reduced by 55 mm.
2019 Nissan Micra India Interior
The all-new Nissan Micra has received a new interior as well, which looks stylish and appealing than the previous model. The interior sports an upmarket look, while improved quality materials and refreshed design catch the attention easily. The new Micra sports a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with flat-bottom, dual analog and a digital MID consisting instrument cluster.
A 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto at the centre console, dual-tone dashboard, circular AC vents with silver accents, Bose surround sound system enrich the sporty hatchback to make it appealing. So far, the interior of fifth-gen model is way ahead than the outgoing Micra. With enhanced length, width and wheelbase the hatchback offers more space for occupants.
2019 Nissan Micra Safety Features
In terms of safety, the 2019 Nissan Micra comes equipped with several safety features, which include dual front airbags, High Beam Assist, Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Around-View Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition system and Blind Spot Detection. So far, a lot of advanced technologies have been introduced to make the car safer. Some of these features may come along with the India-spec model.
2019 Nissan Micra Key Rivals
Upon its launch in Indian market, the brand new Nissan Micra will lock horn with rivals like Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Hyundai Elite i20 and Honda Jazz in the premium hatchback segment.